Turbine Aero and Thermal Analysis Principal Engineer (P4) – Onsite


East Hartford, CT

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United States of America


PW100: East Hartford 400 Main Street, East Hartford, CT, 06118 USA

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Pratt & Whitney is working to once again transform the future of flight—designing, building and servicing engines unlike any the world has ever seen. And because transformation begins from within, we’re seeking the people to drive it. So, calling all curious.

Come ready to explore and you’ll find a place where your talent takes flight—beyond the borders of title, a country or your comfort zone. Bring your passion and commitment and we’ll welcome you into a tight-knit team that takes our mission personally. Channel your drive to make a difference into shaping an organization and an industry that’s evolving fast to the future.

Innovation through diversity of thought. At Pratt & Whitney, we believe diversity of thought enables creativity, innovation, and a foundation for inclusion. By fostering an inclusive culture, we accept a shared accountability and responsibility to recognize, sponsor, coach, hire and promote talent equally. We welcome our employees to be their whole - best - selves at work because trust, respect and integrity, are a part of our DNA.

At Pratt & Whitney, the difference you make is on display every day. Just look up. Are you ready to go beyond?

We are seeking a Turbine Aero and Thermal Analysis Principal Engineer to support our Turbine Aerothermal Systems team. The Turbine Aerothermal Systems team analyzes and develops the functional characteristics of non-gas-path elements of the turbine module, including air systems, thermal response, clearance optimization, bearing integration, heat loading, and efficiency optimization in a highly complex environment. Truly a systems role with deep technical skills to deploy cutting edge tools in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), proprietary codes, component testing in rigs, and design, execution, and analysis of full-scale engine testing.

As an aerothermal core discipline lead you are a member of an integrated product team at the part and module levels, as well as key contributions to the systems integrated product team for the engine chaired by the Chief Engineer. The Turbine Aero and Thermal Analysis Principal Engineer’s role has a unique interface with the engine mechanical systems, air systems, and performance group to truly experience the entire engine while still making deep technical contributions with cutting edge aerothermal design and analysis methods.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead thermal and secondary air system analysis of the turbine module, working with a multidisciplinary team to support commercial and military engine programs.
  • Use 1D compressible flow modeling and CFD to analyze and design gas turbine air systems.
  • Generate CFD based thermal boundary conditions and knowledge or experience in conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer to create turbine rotor and casing thermal models.
  • Specify engine validation test plans, reviewing engine and test rig data, and matching analytical models to engine data.
  • Optimize air system architecture to ensure safety of flight, turbine hardware meets design life requirements, and gas turbine performance meets customer requirements.
  • Operate independently to develop part and module solutions for turbines.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and 8+ years equivalent relevant experience performing work independently in gas turbine analysis & design, and/or gas turbine research, OR Advance Degree in a related field and 5+ years of relevant experience performing work independently in gas turbine analysis & design, and/or gas turbine research, OR PhD graduate with directly applicable research to gas turbine development.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. government issued security clearance is required. U.S. citizenship is required, as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance.
  • Travel up to 10%.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ActiveU.S. government issued security clearance.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral, with key examples of projects completed and documented through formal written and oral means. (e.g. publications, reports, detailed briefings).
  • Examples of leadership in technical or professional teams.
  • Both design and research experience in turbomachinery.
  • Experience in three or more discipline areas: CFD, heat transfer, 1-D flow systems, rig testing, engine testing.
  • Experience with a range of modern thermal-fluid analytical tools used in the gas turbine industry, including ANSYS Classic/Workbench and Fluent/CFX is a plus.

Role Type: What is my role type?

In addition to transforming the future of flight, we are also transforming how and where we work. We’ve introduced role types to help you understand how you will operate in our blended work environment. This role is:

  • Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance workers, as they are essential to the development of our engines.

Candidates will learn more about role type and current site status throughout the recruiting process. For onsite and hybrid roles, commuting to and from the assigned site is the employee’s personal responsibility.

This requisition is eligible for an employee referral award. ALL eligibility requirements must be met to receive the referral award.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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